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There is a strange club in New York where men tell each other stories. The years pass but no one looks any older. One night a doctor tells the story of a young woman who gives birth to a baby in the most horrible way! Evil psychic powers, obsession and the supernatural in the most ordinary, everyday places. A spine-chiller from the master of horror.
Paperback, Penguin Readers: Level 4, 57 pages
Published (first published June 1st 1999)
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Sanjay Gautam
Mar 09, 2016 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it
From what I'd heard, or rather read, through my friend's reviews, that this novella isn't that great: I would partially disagree. Stephen King is such a skillful writer: he can make any ordinary story sound incredible; and not everyone can do that. It's true, I agree, that the story, at first, doesn't seem to be that promising/interesting; but The Breathing Method is a story so well told that you get immersed in it that you don't even know it.

What would have been an ordinary story, King has mad
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Nick Iuppa
Mar 02, 2014 Nick Iuppa rated it really liked it
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Vimal Thiagarajan
Dec 19, 2015 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it it was amazing
This one gave me the creeps alright.Had to learn the breathing method with bated breath for most part.Successfully annulled the effects of reading four Wodehouses in a row.
Naoms
Jan 26, 2016 Naoms rated it liked it
The thing about me and horror/thriller/suspense books is that I am not sure how I am supposed to feel. Afraid? Creeped out? If I could figure out how the author probably wants me to react I can know better if it failed or was success.

This story just made me think, "huh, weird" and that's it. I kind of want to be freaked out. Afraid, etc.

Is that possible from a book?
Un Lector Nocturno
May 04, 2016 Un Lector Nocturno rated it it was amazing
Es fantástico!!
shanay
Nov 07, 2015 shanay rated it it was amazing
this story gave me the creeps, man.

so david is our narrator and he's a middle-aged lawyer in manhattan. one of the guys at his firm invites him to this men's club. the members of this club in addition to reading, chatting, playing sophisticated games like to tell stories. some of them are strange, very, very strange.

one thursday before christmas, doctor emlyn mccarron tells a story about something that took place early in his long career. it was of a patient who was determined to give birth to
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Aditya
Apr 18, 2013 Aditya rated it really liked it
Different Seasons consists of 4 novellas & all of them are basically character studies.It firmly established King as a pure literary genius & quashed all naysayers who had him typecast ed as a horror writer.It shows off the width & variety of human emotions that King could easily write about without ever sounding cheesy or unrealistic & how his style makes us care for characters whom we otherwise would have hated.I would provide a brief synopsis of each of the 4 novellas & wh ...more
Kristen Mcmahan
Jul 15, 2013 Kristen Mcmahan rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this suspenseful story about stories or "tales." This is a story of a men's "club" who gather around once a week to drink fine wine and tell each other tales. The story is told from the point of view of David, however, the point of view changes to another character Emlyn McCarron who takes over to tell his uncanny Christmas tale. The story by Steven King is all about this story telling gentleman's club and how David came to be a "member." However, the purpose of writing ...more
Zachary
Oct 28, 2015 Zachary rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this. I have to read this one more time just so I can take some notes for school and I'm interested to see if I missed some possible foreshadowing.
Thom Swennes
May 10, 2014 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it
One hears (much less find) a Men’s Club on this side of the Atlantic. What is commonplace with our English cousins is a rarity by us. What makes this masculine association even more enigmatic and strange is that it isn’t. What I mean is it isn’t a club in the traditional sense. There are no members, dues, or organization. It is simply an address where men go and be men; and tell stories. The concept of writing about something that isn’t is pure King. It also seems ironic that the truly great wri ...more
Dana
Jan 22, 2015 Dana rated it it was ok
much horror, very frightening
Dorene
Apr 18, 2009 Dorene rated it it was amazing
Classic King! He managed to weave in a plethora of details that just made the story more interesting instead of distracting or "filling." The best thing about this short story was that while it seemed to center on a stodgy old gentlemen's club (and never really resovled the vague mystery of that), it was actually about an eerie story told by one of the club members. Great stuff!
Dylan Crain
May 12, 2016 Dylan Crain rated it it was amazing
Out of all the stories in Different Seasons Shawshank Redemption was probably my overall favorite, followed by Apt Pupil, but The Breathing Method stuck with me the most. Day's after I read it I couldn't stop thinking about it! So chilling!
Ariel
Jun 24, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Classic Stephen King, even better listening to it on Audible, getting the full sense of his chilly tales. Also don't read if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. Glad LO is 8 months and I didn't find this gem sooner ...
Daniel Gonçalves
It may be one of his most shocking, yet touching and well written novellas. I recommend it dearly to all of his fans.
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'It is the tale,
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Description: There is a strange club in New York where men tell each other stories. The years pass but no one looks any older. One night a doctor tells the story of a young woman who gives birth to a baby in the most horrible way! Evil psychic powers, obsession and the supernatural in the most ordinary, everyday places. A spine-chiller from the master of horror.

From 'A Winter's Tale' section of the 'Different Seasons collection released in 1982, so this w
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Alana
Jun 03, 2015 Alana rated it liked it
Not a horror story, although certainly not a happy ending. I think I mostly just found myself confused with this one. It seemed disjointed somehow, the parlor scene of the men telling stories, and the possible mysteries behind locked doors, juxtaposed with the story of the pregnant woman and what becomes of her. While each part of it on its own flowed along alright, together, they seemed like two separate stories that King didn't know what to do with, so hastily combined them to make a "complete ...more
M
Jan 19, 2016 M rated it liked it
I really was expecting more from this story. The build-up was great and promised a lot more but to me the ending was a disappointment. It wasn't as scary as narrator suggested and promised, but it was still quite an interesting story. I would be much more intrigued about the story which revolves around the Club itself and its secrets than I enjoyed the actually story that was told. It felt to me like King planned to continue this story, but finally dropped it and that's why I got the feeling of ...more
Abderrahmane Izri
Mar 26, 2014 Abderrahmane Izri rated it it was amazing
This blew my mind, a must read story ..
Ryan
May 21, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Late-teens, young adults
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Mkgrenwel
Nov 14, 2013 Mkgrenwel rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened
I listened to the entire Different Seasons collection but felt each story should be review separately, as they are so different. This is easily the weakest of the collection and feels a bit like it was just thrown in to round out the 4 story volume.

This story itself is two stories hastily cobbled together. The mysterious men's club storyline is genuinely interesting and engaging. After setting this up and piquing my interest, the narrative then diverts completely to a weird, earnest, mostly unc
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Stephen King

The Breathing Method

Buchbesprechung von Jürgen Brandl

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About the author

Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. In 1949, when Stephen was 2 years old, his father left one night and never came back. There are a couple of turning points in his young life that he believes pointed him in the direction that he now is at. In 1954 he began to write stories. Around 1959, he found a box of horror and sci-fi books in his aunt's house. Those books brough
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Janith Pathirage
Feb 22, 2016 Janith Pathirage rated it liked it
Stephen King is one author who can write a novella with the same intercity of a good chilling short story. This tale has two aspects, the mysterious book club and the tragic story of Dr. McCarron. While the book club doesn't stay far away from King's usual supernatural elements, Dr. McCarron's tale (The Breathing Method) brings the reader back to the real world, where bad things happen to good people. This story gives a good closure his novella collection, 'Different Seasons'.
Ellen Mandly
May 25, 2014 Ellen Mandly rated it really liked it
This novella was contained in the compilation Different Seasons which had 4 stories including Shawshank Redemption and The Body AKA Stand By Me. I read it a long ago and didn't remember The Breathing, maybe due to the fact that it was overshadowed by Shawshank and The Body which is one of my favorite SK stories. This was a quick listen and I enjoyed it a lot and was pleased and surprised by the Q&A with SK at the end written in 1982.
George
Jun 19, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
An excellent short story. I enjoyed listening/reading this suspenseful story about stories or "tales." This is a story of a men's "club" who gather around once a week to drink fine wine and tell each other tales. The story is really about the tale and is just that. Classic Stephen King, even better listening to it on Audible. I kept waiting for Boris Karloff or Vincent Price to jump out and go "boo". Fun, quick read.
Primo Flores
May 16, 2015 Primo Flores rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, horror
This goes to some moms, That's right!, to all of you self proclaimed martyrs and heroines saying that giving birth is the hardest and painful thing ever, yeah, to all of you assholes screaming to the world that you're entitled to fancy shit for shitting the biggest turd in your life, I got something for ya, try having a baby while being decapitated!, Watcha have to say, fuckin' nuthin', right?, This poor lady even saw how it all went down front row, cuz her head was lying around nearby, and afte ...more
Kerry Clair
May 29, 2015 Kerry Clair rated it liked it
It's a decent read. A good story like all of King's works but I just want more. Short stories and novelas don't do it for me I guess. It's almost like a tease. I want to keep reading. In this case I wanted more. Wanted to know more about the characters. The place. The people. The time. The story just feels like it's missing key elements that would make it whole for me.
Janet
Jan 13, 2014 Janet rated it liked it
As Stephen King goes, this was fairly ordinary. King is doing his best Poe narrative in this gothic telling of a strange gentlemen's club on the Upper East Side with a mysterious butler with a Brooklyn accent who hosts this strangely well-heeled club with no visible means of support. Set in a traditional brownstone with psychological overshadowing of a horrible nature, the actual plot centers around a tale told by one of the members, a narrative surrounding Lamaze breathing techniques and a beau ...more
Jason
May 08, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
I found myself drawn in to this story pretty quickly and deeply. The resolution was a little campy but was kind of fun in the sense that many of his books end pretty seriously. I actually found a bit of humor in this ending. If this club truly existed I would definitely want to put on my finest paisley sport coat and pay a visit.
Emmy
Sep 15, 2014 Emmy rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This was a short, eerie read. Of course, Frank Muller did an excellent job reading. I think his voice helped this story and creeped me out more than if I had just read it not on audio. I really liked the entire 'Breathing Method' story within a story, but wasn't as thrilled with the 'Club' parts of the story.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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